Growing Pains

How to Break Bad News to Your Team (Without Killing Their Motivation)

When bad news comes around, it can often be devastating to a team. Whether it’s a project failure, a tightening of a deadline, or the removal of resources, it can kill their motivation to keep trying harder. You don’t want this to happen, so what do you do? Here’s how to break that bad news without destroying your team’s motivation.

 
Support them, always
One of the first things to do, even before you have bad news to deliver, is to ensure that you have a great work environment for your employees. You need a strong support system in place which makes […]

The 4 Traits of Resilient People – Social Support

This is the third installment in our ongoing series about the four traits of resilient people. It’s a fascinating topic and one that I cover at length in my upcoming book Thriving in Change (working title).

I truly believe that resilience is a skill we can’t afford to live without. Why? Simply put, when we are more resilient, we tend to be better able to handle whatever circumstances life hands us. We also tend to take better control of our immediate future. To put it another way, when we’re more resilient, we aren’t paralyzed by sudden changes and we don’t […]

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The 4 Traits of Resilient People – Purpose

Do you know someone in your life who you’d describe as a resilient person? Or perhaps you came across a story once about an individual who displayed such resilience you couldn’t help but admire them.

In my soon-to-be released book, Thriving in Change (working title), resilience is one of the topics I discuss at length. Learning to be more resilient is absolutely essential when it comes to bouncing back from change more readily. When we are more resilient, we tend to be more resourceful with the circumstances life has dealt us and we tend to take better control of our […]

The third stage of change

In my upcoming book, Thriving in Change (working title), one of the things I discuss are the many stages of change. In today’s blog, I want to give you an exclusive sneak peek at an excerpt from the book which deals with the third stage of change: the starting anew stage.

Most people find that in retrospect, the change they feared and dreaded was indeed an opportunity for growth. And that is what thriving is all about. Carl Brand sums it up nicely: “Though one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and […]

The second stage of change

In my upcoming book, Thriving in Change (working title), one of the things I discuss are the many stages of change. In today’s blog, I want to give you an exclusive sneak peek at an excerpt from the book which deals with the second stage of change: the transitional stage.

 

THE TRANSITIONAL STAGE

Once we have moved through the ‘letting go’ process, we find ourselves in the second phase of change. This is the period of emptiness and uncertainty. This is also called the transitional time, or the time between letting go of the old and fully embracing and adapting to […]

By |November 28th, 2015|Adaptive Teams, Change, Coaching, Development, Emotional Intelligence, Growing Pains, Leadership, Teamwork|Comments Off on The second stage of change

A look into what change really is

In case you haven’t heard the news, I’ll be releasing a book in the coming months called Thriving in Change (working title). To celebrate its release, I’ll be sharing sneak peeks of the book right here on the blog.

First, let’s take a look at what change really is:

 

According to Kurt Lewin, change consists of three distinct and vital stages:

Unfreezing

Unfreezing is the process which involves finding a method of making it possible for people to let go of an old pattern that was counterproductive in some way.

Moving to a new level or Changing or Movement

This stage involves a […]

Why we must learn to cope with change at work

I’m thrilled to announce my upcoming book, Working Title: Thriving in Change, due out in the next few months.

If you’re struggling with organisational change and finding it increasingly hard to cope with the relentless pace of change in your workplace, then this book is for you. If you are managing reasonably well at the moment, but are anxious that your resilience is being worn away, then you’ll find this book to be immensely insightful as well.

 

Why Is Learning to Cope With Change At Work Important?

The truth is that for most of us who work in organisations and businesses, change […]

The Value of Upskilling

We’ve talked a lot about the importance of upskilling in the workplace, and now a new graphic from Richard Madison, the Marketing Executive of the Brighton School of Business and Management (https://www.brightonsbm.com) demonstrates even further the value of upskilling and how it can contribute to a more productive workplace within your company.

Of particular note within the infographic are the warning signs that can alert you to the need for upskilling. Among them: personal frustration. If your team members are feeling frustrated or stagnant within their current line of work, it may be time to invest in their continuing education. […]

3 Important Phases of Succession Planning

Continuing our series on succession planning (read part 1 here and part 2 here), today’s blog discusses some of the essential steps in the actual succession plan development process.

 

First, let’s take another look at what succession planning is:

A “deliberate and systematic effort” designed to ensure the continued effective performance of an organization, division, department, or work group by making provision for the development and replacement of key people over time.

Preservation of “institutional memory”.

-William Rothwell, Effective Succession Planning

 

Succession planning:

is a strategic process for determining critical roles within a company, identifying and assessing possible successors, and providing them with the […]

4 Things To Do Before Starting The Succession Planning Process

Last time on the blog, we discussed some of the benefits organisations could experience simply by having a succession plan in place. These benefits include a significant increase in employee engagement and a higher number of identified, well-developed leaders on board. You can read the full article here.

Over the next few posts, we’ll discuss how to go about implementing a succession plan for your own company.

 

But first…What is a succession plan?

Leigh Richards, an expert in organisational management, defines succession planning as “the identification of job vacancies that can be expected to occur through retirement or attrition and the […]